Are You the 1 in 4 Who Doesn’t Know?
More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.
Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than
normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.
Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 percent to
30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes
within five years.
“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an
increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,”
said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes
Translation. “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms.
It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this
Read more key findings in the National Diabetes Statistics Report,
2014 (based on health data from 2012).
Diabetes is a serious disease that can be managed through physical activity,
diet, and appropriate use of insulin and oral medications to lower blood sugar
levels. Another important part of diabetes management is reducing other
cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol
and tobacco use.
People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications
including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes,
feet or legs, and premature death.